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Dinner Habits: Study Finds American’s Relationship Turmoil

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Ready to dive into the world of American dinner habits? We’ve got the scoop with insights straight from a survey of 1,500 participants. From heated arguments over where to eat to folks flexing their culinary control, this survey spills the beans on our dining preferences. Discover the real deal on American dinner habits as we dish out the fascinating patterns that tickle our taste buds and shape our culinary experiences.

In our study, flavrstream surveyed 1,500 Americans to gain insights into their dinner preferences, decision-making, spending habits, and cooking trends. The results shed light on how Americans approach dining choices and their attitudes towards cooking. Let’s delve into the findings.

Key Takeaways

  • 68% of people have ended a relationship over arguing where to eat. Gen Zs were most likely to do so, with 74% responding that they have done so.
  • On average, Millennials spend the most money at restaurants or on takeout per week; 42% more than Boomers.
  • 1 in 2 people use online resources as primary means to find recipes.
  • 63% of Americans spend $100 or less at restaurants or on takeout per week.
  • On average, men spend 10% more money at restaurants or on takeout than women.
  • 71% of people cook more now when compared to pre-COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The average American spends 175.5 hours thinking about dinner over the course of a year.

Relationship and Dining

Relationship and dining
  • Ending Relationships: An overwhelming majority of respondents (68%) admitted to having ended a relationship due to arguments over where to eat.
  • Decision-Making: When going out to eat with someone else, 85% of respondents stated that they are likely the ones deciding where to dine, while only 15% leave the decision to the other person.

Dining Expenses

Average spend eating at restaurants or getting takeout per week
  • Weekly Spending: The study revealed a wide range of average spending on eating at restaurants or getting takeout. The most common expenditure ranges were $50-75 and $75-100 (both 21%). The lowest spending category was $25 or less (5%). The overall average was $110.65 per week.
  • Gender-Based Spending: On average, males spend approximately $114.39 per week, while females spend slightly less, with an average of $103.83.

Cooking and Eating Out

Dinner habits
  • Cooking Habits: Most respondents (77%) reported making dinner during the week, while 23% preferred eating out or ordering takeout.
  • Recipe Sources: Online platforms emerged as the primary source of recipes, with 53% of respondents relying on digital resources. Cookbooks were the second most popular choice (36%), followed by recipes passed down from relatives (8%). Meal kit delivery services accounted for only 2% of recipe sources.

Cooking Trends and COVID-19

Covid cooking habits
  • Impact of COVID-19: Since the onset of the pandemic, 71% of respondents stated that they cook more frequently, while 29% reported no change in their cooking habits.
  • Generational Cooking: Among different generations, Millennials spend the most on average per week ($116.97), followed by Gen Z ($107.92). Gen X ($91.56) and Baby Boomers ($82.20) had comparatively lower average spending.

Dinner Decision-Making

Thinking about dinner

The study found that the average American spends approximately 28.85 minutes per day thinking about what they will have for dinner, highlighting the importance of meal planning and consideration in their daily lives.


Our study provides valuable insights into the dinner habits of Americans. It reveals the impact of dining preferences on relationships, decision-making dynamics, spending patterns, the popularity of home cooking, preferred recipe sources, the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the time invested in contemplating dinner choices. These findings can help individuals and businesses in the food industry better understand and cater to consumers’ evolving needs and preferences.


To understand American cooking and dining habits, we surveyed 1,500 Americans. Of them, 64% were men, 36% were women. Furthermore, 4% were baby boomers, 12% were Gen X, 63% were millennials, and 21% were Gen Z.

About flavrstream

flavrstream is a dedicated, informational food and cooking resource to help answer your everyday cooking questions.

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We trust this information proves beneficial, inspiring further discourse and investigation on the subject. Feel free to share the discoveries outlined in this article for non-commercial purposes as long as due credit is given to the original source and a link back to this page is included.

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